After a long battle, PETA has finally obtained the release of Sunder the abused elephant from the Indian Supreme Court. Sunder is a young elephant who has been held captive in a temple where he was beaten and abused for years. In 2012, Sir Paul McCartney brought Sunder’s plight into the public spotlight, launching what has been now a years-long struggle.
Luckily, we are so happy to report the news that the struggle is now over for Sunder. In a statement to the press, PETA Executive Vice President, Tracy Reiman states,”Despite every obstacle thrown in his path, this abused young elephant will now be on his way to safety.”
Sunder has been held captive for seven years, knowing nothing but a life of pain, fear, and misery. This vote to uphold his release is truly a monumental victory for not only Sunder, but captive animals everywhere. As Reiman says, “By ordering his release, the Indian Supreme Court has made clear that cruelty to elephants, even in the name of religion, will not be tolerated.”
Court orders detail that Sunder MUST be moved by June 15th, a strict deadline that will ensure he gets the justice he deserves this time!
This amazing victory can be seen as the direct result of all the hard work of activists and organizations alike and shows that real change can happen if you don’t give up. We wish Sunder all the happiness he deserves in his new life and hope he never has to experience fear or pain again.
Image source: PETA